Road Trip to Punta Russia
Punta Russia is located 160 km West of the surf town of Cabarete along the North Coast of the Island of Hispanola. This Saturday, Monica and I had some free time, so we decided to road trip there with our new friend Bryan.
Richard from GoKite rents his SUV out to anyone who needs a car while in Cabarete, so I figured I’d pay this handsome man for the use of a safe vehicle.
After getting work all completed and packing up my bikini, pillow and my saved up pesos, we were off on our adventure.
We left at 3pm, so we arrived in Punta Russian just as the sun was setting. We checked into Villa Manatee (yes that’s right, manatees are the second biggest tourist attraction in this area) and shared some rum before heading down to the party beach.
At La Playa Ensenada, or as we liked to call it “ Playa Ensalada” there was a strip of restaurants all selling their best fried fish, tostones, yuka, rice and beans, and other seafood goodies. We picked the busiest one and walked through the metal gates into a large area that included a small stage, a bar, a bbq area and hundreds of plastic chairs. We ordered a big plate of conch salad, some tostones and two fish dishes. Everything tasted delicious, especially with some Brugal on the rocks.
Later in the evening, a band came and played some Moringa and Bachata – in no time the small dance floor was filled with neon leggings and shined loafers. Hips were swaying, booties were grinding. It was like a National Geographic show.
After a sufficient amount of rum, we called it a night and went back for a good night’s sleep at our Manatee casa.
The next morning we headed down to Punta Russia and found a beautiful little French restaurant called la table d’arno for breakfast. We were completely spoiled! Fresh bread, cheese, Tamarin jam, butter, fried eggs, coffee and oj. Official princesses status on this one! What was even more amazing was how we were overlooking the most beautiful turquoise water and white sand.
After breakfast we lounged on the beach, read our books, and applied and reapplied our sunscreen. For lunch we beach walked to Salad Beach ;) and enjoyed some fresh oysters, cold beer and another feast of fried fish, conch salad and tostones.
Sunday is a pretty big deal in the DR. Our restaurant was one of many what were packed full of families enjoying their day off together. Mothers, brothers, aunts, babies, and the neighborhood dog spent the day relaxing and playing in the water, laughing and enjoying the local music.
On the way home, we stayed refreshed with coco frios, and coconut treats. We were sad to miss the beautiful sunset at Punta Russia, but were very pleased with our adventures. It was really the perfect overnight get away.